Urban Infrastructure Project (UIP): BHU-2816
Phuentsholing being one of the most vibrant commercial hubs in south-western part of Bhutan, most of the country’s cross-border trade takes place here. The 2005 urban population of 20,537 is expected to increase to 31,996 by 2025. Phuentsholing’s Urban Development Plan identified traffic congestion and poor urban mobility as a key issue which restricts the city’s growth. The proposed Bridge and by-pass road will serve to relieve traffic congestion in Phuentsholing Thromde and enable the Municipality to develop the city centre into a more attractive place for the city residents. The proposed South Bridge will also eventually serve to link the Samtse-Phuentsholing national highway to Phuentsholing City and also to the Phuentsholing – Thimphu national highway
The main objective of the UIP 2816, include construction of South Bridge and Approach Road to divert traffic and reduce congestion in the core city, provide an alternative crossing over the Om Chu River to connect the eastern and western portions of the city. Further, there is only one entry and exit point for the core city area which results in traffic congestion from local traffic and trucks transporting goods to and from Thimphu, and containers carrying raw materials and finished goods to and from the Pasakha industrial area. In addition, to avoid border traffic passing through the core city area, a second border gate is proposed that will link directly to the South Bridge and by-pass the core city area.
Phuentsholing Thromde received a loan from the Asian Development Bank in continuation to the earlier Loan BHU- 2258 for development of urban facilities. A sum of USD 1.26million was approved for Construction of a 46m span South Bridge and Approach Road of Approximate 500m along with widening of existing road to four lanes.